Dave Mirra was a great athlete and an inspiration for many of us. He was also a husband and father of 2 kids. Hearing about his death is shocking and it's impossible to find the right words. Rest in peace.
The media release of the Greenville Police department:
"At approximately 4pm today, Greenville Police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide. Upon arrival, officers discovered Dave Mirra, 41, of Greenville, sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident. Considered an icon in the pro-BMX world, Mirra, was instrumental in bringing the sport to the City of Greenville, which now is home to more than 20 professional BMX riders. The record-holding athlete is survived by his wife and two children. "We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift. He called Greenville, North Carolina home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon," said City of Greenville Mayor, Allen Thomas. The Greenville Police Department will be handling the death investigation. The family of Dave Mirra would appreciate privacy during this very difficult time.
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you are encouraged to seek help through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK. Chief Holtzman and Mayor Thomas will address the media tomorrow, Friday, February 5, at 9:00 AM at GPD Headquarters."
We are starting a new series of regular posts to keep you up to date about upcoming contests and jams. At the beginning of the month we'll post a list of the events.
Here is what's going on in February. Fight the Winter in Germany is going to be bigger than last year with an additional practice day on friday. In the US it's time for the second round of the Flatopia jam series - another way to escape the winter for a bit. The ABC of Flatland contest in France had a few difficulties finding sponsors but Kevin Meyer is going to manage it with a small budget nevertheless.
Almost every day Malte Orth from Germany is posting a video on Facebook of him riding his indoor spot. The room looks tiny but Malte is used to it and can do some impressive combos in there. David Hoffmann visited him and brought his camera to film this spot from a few more angles than the usual videos on Facebook. Super cool footage, some music would have been great tho ;-)
If you have the opportunity then make sure to visit Malte's contest in 3 weeks: Fight the Winter
Check that clean bike! We asked Wastl for a bikecheck: "The AscenD 20" is the perfect frame for my size. Also I like my bike to be quite light, and it is! I really take care of that. The HERESY and PROFILE products I run are light but at the same time they are very stable and I can trust them. I cut my bars a bit because it feels more confortable for some tricks. I run the seat quite low, cause since a while I havn't done tricks where i need to hold it. I don't like the griptape on my pegs, but since I ride outside in winter, even on wet floor, the griptape helps not to slip off the pegs with wet shoes. Can't wait for spring to take it off again:-) I love my ride!"
Frame: HERESY Ascend 20“ Fork: St.Martin AJ Fork Handlebars: HERESY AscenD 9“ Headset: HERESY Path Headset Stem: MADERA Push Stem 48mm Grips: Odi Longneck Barends: Plastic Crank: PROFILE RACING Mini Magnutanium Crank 165mm with TI Axle and Bolts Sprocket: PROFILE RACING Spline Drive Sprocket 23t BB: HERESY RING BB Pedals: MOTO Reflex Pedal Chain: Cult 410 Seat&Seatpost: HERESY REIGN Seat & Fiend Seatpost Frontwheel: PROFILE RACING Mini Hub, Alienation Deviant Rim, MAXXIS Grifter 1.85 foldable Backwheel: PROFILE RACING Zcoaster, Alienation Deviant Rim, MAXXIS Grifter 1.85 foldable
Recently Wastl announced that he is riding for Maxxis Tires in 2016. Their foldable Grifter tires weight only 370g / 0.82lbs.
There wasn't a lot of footage of the Battle in the Rockies contest posted but this edit by Anthony Schneidewind was worth waiting! Excellent highlight edit of the pro class feature some of the best riders out there. Moto, Martti and Dub were on the podium back in November.
Dominik seems to have a new year's resolution to document his progress on Youtube. Here is the second clip (first one here) with a nasty crash and a naaaaasty combo! Already looking forward to the next one...
Red Bull launched a new series called At home. It's presenting their team riders in their hometown and giving you a little look behind the scenes. In the second episode they visited Matthias in Paris. There is a video part and some photos, by Hadrien Picard. Enjoy!
JF was kinda quiet lately but there is always something going on ... he teamed up with Fishbone and is going to help them to bring their flatland product line back to life. Below is the official press release with more details. Around March they will probably release further information on a frame which will be available later this year.
Press Release: Fishbone was started in 1995 by Jackie Yu, then a top rider for GT and Haro since the 1980s. Jackie’s first patent was the Fishbone X-UFO Extreme Rotor. More successes followed including the introduction of iconic Fishbone frames: Ninja, Big Ass, KongFu and KongFu2. Jackie’s other passion is photography/videography. Always looking to make things better, Jackie developed the Fishbone Steadicam and Ninja Crane camera platforms. Jackie uses these inventions daily shooting commercials and films. To start some buzz for Fishbone’s return, Jackie released pieces of his private collection of never ridden Fishbone Original Vintage components. Some still in the original boxes. With the success of O. V., Fishbone is now ready to begin developing components for today’s riders. “Both Jackie Yu and I are thrilled to add JF to our Fishbone Team,” said Kevin Wren. “JF is not only a top rider, but he gives demos and workshops to young people all across North America promoting the Flatland style of riding. It’s great for the new riders and for promoting the Fishbone brand.” Jean-Francois added, “I’m excited to work with Jackie and the Fishbone Team to bring innovative new products to market. Fishbone was a quality brand back in the day and I can’t wait to help bring it back. I also look forward to continuing to promote Flatland at all my events to keep new riders coming into our sport.” More information about Wren Sports and Fishbone can be found at wrensports.com and fishboneusa.com. Information about Jean-Francois and his events can be found at artecycle.com.